Shakespeare And His Six Word Stories

Claire Danes & Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)

It seems that the Bard himself was not immune to writing his own six word ‘stories’ within his plays. These are some of the most famous six word lines from William Shakespeare’s influential work.

Henry IV; “A man can die but once.”

Macbeth; “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!”

The Merchant of Venice; “All that glisters is not gold.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream; “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Timon of Athens; “I am wealthy in my friends.”

Hamlet; “The lady doth protest too much.”

“To be, or not to be.”

“To thine own self be true.”

Romeo & Juliet; “What light through yonder window breaks?”

“Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

“Thus with a kiss, I die.”

Below is one of my favourite scenes from a film based on the work of Shakespeare:

Do you have a favourite Shakespeare line, or play? Let me know your thoughts!


About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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